Melastoma malabathricum was Melastoma affine (Blue Tongue)

(was Melastoma affine, also known as Native Lassiandra)

Native Lassiandra is a rounded shrub grows to three metres high with lilac flowers to five cm across, and flowers from Spring to Autumn. It has attractive rough textured leaves, and purple stems.

The purple pulp of the fruit stains the mouth which is why this bush tucker food is also called Blue Tongue.

Blue Tongue Melastoma malabathricum

Best in semi-shaded position, likes moisture. The one bought from Coolum Community Native Nursery at the Nambour Garden show July 2019 planted August 2019 in eastern bed between stenocarpus doreen and midgen berry died (lack of water?)

New tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery December 2019 planted along back fence shaded by the Leptospermum polygalifolium – Wild May and doing well

Attracts the Miskin Jewell Butterfly.

Make sure you have the right plant – Did you know Melastoma can be a weed?

See more on the Tucker Bush website